I had momentum behind me from recent sales and figured it wouldn’t hurt to have another story acceptance. I had already tried to sell The Hours of Sleep to all the professional publications but no one wanted vampire fiction. Then I came across the open call for an anthology called You can’t kill me: I’m already dead: A Vampire Anthology. Here was a market tailor-made for my story.
The editor was only offering royalties and a free e-copy of the book, but there was another reason to submit, besides money or placing what seemed an unmarketable story. Cool kids. Yes, I was keeping up with upcoming writers. When I found out that some were submitting or had been accepted, I wanted to be included with that group. I also knew that if they were submitting to this anthology, it would be quality and a worthwhile venture.
Eric J. Guignard, a Bram Stoker Award winner, a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize has probably had the most success of all the alumni of that anthology. Good company to keep, and pages to share.
I also met a writer in that anthology who has also worked as an editor and invited me to submit to his print magazine and podcast.
Pro Tip 2: Sharing pages with up-and-coming authors and editors can lead to friendships and market invites. You never know.
Here’s the blurb and a list of the authors included in the book:
“You can’t kill me, I’m already dead: A Vampire Anthology” presents the chronicles behind modern vampires and provides a chronological tour through vampire literature. Vampires have long captured the imaginations of famous writers, who wrote novels, stories, poems, and plays about the creatures of the night.
Eric J. Guignard
Rebecca L. Brown
Joseph A. Pinto
Norman A. Rubin
T. Fox Dunham
Denny E. Marshall
Joseph J. Patchen
The editor sent an acceptance on 11/25/12 and then on 12/2/12 sent a contract for me to sign electronically.
In the end, I found a home for my story, connected with other up-and-coming writers within the community, and continued my momentum.
You can’t kill me: I’m already dead: A Vampire Anthology is available for purchase here.
Next time we’ll continue this discussion and we’ll also touch upon editorial feedback and how it can enhance your career.